Cracking calamari ahead
Grayson Fong | July 2016

Joseph Fong found some solid Redcliffe flathead.

After an extension of summer that some may have called autumn, it’s been quite a pleasant change to have some cool weather. Air temperatures have started to decrease due to westerlies, with the water temperature ever so slowly following the cooling trend. With the westerly winds producing ultra-cloudless days, many anglers have struggled to find fish during the daylight hours. The low-lit hours have taken honours in the ‘ideal fishing time’ stakes.
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No run, no fun on the reds
John Gooding | July 2016

This past month has been a real mixed bag, as far as the weather and fishing is concerned. On most trips, the snapper numbers have been encouraging. The only time they were hard work was when there was no current or wind moving and we were sitting stationary – no run, no fun!
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Mega mulloway month
David Green | July 2016

Mitch Calcutt with Jumpinpin mulloway that ate a big soft plastic.

We’re right in the thick of winter, and this is a great time to be fishing the Gold Coast. The temperatures might be cold, but the fishing action is absolutely red-hot!
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Fun on the shallow reefs in July
Nabeel Issa | July 2016

Aaron Winch with a great Moreton Bay snapper at 77cm. This fish was caught throwing a micro-jig lure at the Harry Atkinson artificial reef.

Winter definitely took its time, but has finally arrived. The weather is great here in South East Queensland, with some crisp cool mornings and warm days with low wind. The snapper have continued to bite, as they have been over the past few months. This has been fantastic. The cooler weather has fired up the bream, with plenty of big fish around at the moment!
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Break out the winter woollies!
Gordon Macdonald | July 2016

These large tiger squid were all over a kilo each, and were caught on a Yamashita 3.0 Live egi over a shallow weed bed in the southern bay.

You will definitely have the winter woollies out by now for those early morning starts! While cold weather can make the fishing a little less comfortable than usual, the variety of species on offer is refreshing. The snapper run was somewhat delayed this year, but there are decent numbers now being taken throughout Moreton Bay and around the lower reaches of the Brisbane River and the Pumicestone Passage. Other cool weather species that have made their presence known are mulloway, squid, tailor, bream and luderick. Get your casting arm warmed up for some of these beauties.
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Hammer out some flathead in Jumpinpin
Mick Morris | July 2016

My nephew Jacob with his first flathead caught on a lure. Hopefully plenty more to come!

One of the best times of year to fish the Pin is during July. Cool clear days, light westerly winds and good water clarity encourage the bream to be on the bite with great catches expected all winter long. Bream are one of the most prolific species throughout the Pin system and are relatively easy to catch, which puts them high on most anglers’ lists.
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Catching crackers in the cold
Danny Sands | July 2016

Not all mulloway have to be big. It’s great to see good numbers of school-size mulloway in the estuary system.

With little to no rain and a sudden drop in water temperature, all the estuaries and rivers have been crystal clear. This, aided by the offshore winds, has really cleaned and flattened out the surf, making fishing conditions excellent to fish. The Gold Coast is need of good rain to improve the fishing for both estuary and offshore.
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Courtney Krawec making it look easy with a thumper mulloway from North Reef.

The fishing in the Noosa River over the past month has again been sensational; the river shows a great diversity at this time of the year, with the whole system producing great fish.
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Snapper time in Caloundra
Damian Parker | July 2016

Ross with a snapper he caught and released at Caloundra.

The Sunshine Coast has welcomed the arrival of one of our favourite winter reef species – big, beautiful snapper! After a long drawn out summer the water temperature has cooled down enough to see the larger red specimens come a little closer to our inshore reefs.
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